Reel Thursday: The Silence of Mark Rothko (2016)

Thursday, 4 April
7.00pm - 8.00pm

Painter Mark Rothko is best known for imposing canvases that eschew representation in favor of pure color and texture—using them to express fundamental human emotions. The Silence of Mark Rothko lingers on paintings and locations – using architectural shots, interiors and streetscapes, to link Rothko’s paintings to the world he inhabited.


Featuring works from his early mythological period, his classic color field paintings, his later Black on Grey pieces, and the Rothko Chapel in Houston, the film is a unique artistic biography that provides a heightened level of intimacy and familiarity with its subject’s work through carefully chosen visuals and interviews.


Reel Thursdays is a series of films organised in conjunction with the current exhibition: ‘Jason Martin: Meta physical’.


Free admission.


Reel Thursdays: Tan Pin Pin: IN TIME TO COME

Thursday, 21 February 2019
7.00pm - 8.15pm

Set in Singapore, IN TIME TO COME follows the ritualistic exhuming of an old state time capsule, and the compilation of another.

As enigmatic remnants of life from 25 years ago emerge – a bottle of water from the Singapore River, a copy of Yellow Pages – today’s selection of items are carefully primed for the future to decode. Interwoven are carefully composed shots of moments we rarely think to preserve: the in-between minutes of daily life spent waiting, shot in locales as diverse as the lush jungle to a residential district subdued with haze.

This picture of Singapore is both lovely and startlingly strange, already slipping beyond the present its inhabitants struggle to hold in their hands. Like the time capsules in the film, this film itself is a vessel that transports us through past, present and future, a prism through which we glimpse alternate realities. The latest movie gifted by observer Tan Pin Pin takes its thematic DNA from her previous bold, intelligent work, but leads its audience into uncharted cinematic territory.

Reel Thursdays is a series of films organised in conjunction with the current exhibition: ‘Soo Pieng: Master of Composition’. Responding to our current exhibition where Cheong Soo Pieng’s modern depictions of local peoples and landscapes are featured, this edition of Reel Thursdays aims to partake in a similar conversation: of how locality in our region is depicted in contemporary times.

Admission is free with limited seating.